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'We've had many changes to our classrooms': Jessamine County students return to in-person learning

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 19:17:26-04

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Thousands of students in districts across the state returned to the classroom for in-person learning today. Jessamine County schools credit their 'soft-start' last week to Monday's successful return.

70% of Jessamine County's 8,600 students are back for in-person learning at 14 schools across the county. "They've been working with them for three or four weeks, and it's just not quite the same. But when they see the teacher for the first time and see them in person, you can see that excitement that really does pour over their faces," Superintendent Matt Moore said.

As students and parents enter Nicholasville Elementary for the first time in months, they will immediately notice, many things are different. Changes include things like wearing masks, temperature checks, and scheduled bathroom breaks.

"We've had many changes to our classrooms, we're spreading our students out as far as we can, we have rolled up our carpets to try to keep things more disinfected, we've moved a lot of our classroom supplies into storage to open the space up a little more," principal Sara Crum said.

Superintendent Matt Moore says so far, students have responded well to changes to stop the spread of the coronavirus. "We are actually going to start sharing the data publicly, on our positive cases, quarantine cases. We are going to start doing that today," Moore said.

About 30% of students will continue learning on the county's virtual learning academy. By the next grading period in October, families will have a chance to reevaluate their situation.